Skin packed cardboard bases – The Benefits:

We believe skin packing using cardboard bases is the eco-friendly food packaging solution for many applications. The system maximizes the use of biodegradable and recyclable materials. As a result, these products can help reduce plastic waste by as much as 80%.  Bases can also be pre-printed with individualised business logos and images to increase visual appeal, brand awareness and consumer recognition.

Currently, Vacpack is the only New Zealand company that can offer such a great range of innovative machinery and cardboard base products. This is due to our unique relationship with Frimaq, which enables us to bring this world leading technology to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

Frimaq / Vacpack Cardboard Base systems – How they work:

With the Frimaq / Vacpack systems, food producers can create pre-formed trays to fit their product. Preformed trays or boards can also be placed into any of the systems with product on/in. Food is then hermetically sealed with a crystal-clear transparent barrier film. The vacuumed barrier film creates an atmosphere-free environment. As a result, food stays fresher for longer.

As a result, they are ideal for items such as meat, fish, ready-meals, marinated products, delicatessen meats, cheese and poultry. It also acts to lock in flavours, helping items such as marinated meats reach their full potential..

β€œThe packaging literally fits the product like a second skin. This creates a stable packaging environment. As a result, it helps reduce waste, enhance quality and shelf appeal – All while reducing plastic waste by up to 80%.”

Eco-friendly Cardboard Bases: 3 Easy Options with Vacpack

Option 1: Easy to use flat cardboard bases

Vacpack / Frimaq Skinpacked Cardboard Bases
Vacpack / Frimaq Skinpacked Cardboard Bases

Vacpack supplies flat die cut cardboard as a simple first option.

Food is placed on the board then skin film is adhered to the pack. This eliminates all outside atmosphere, extending the safe shelf life of the product. 

As a result, this system is ideal for packaging products such as salmon and other fish & meat products, steak, mince, sausages, bacon, poultry, delicatessen items, cheese, ready meals and more.

The most common board sizes are 180mm x 260mm and 180mm x 250mm.

  • For smaller production, choose our Model Maxi Skin +40 tray and board packer.
  • For larger production we have many automated options including our TSA linear systems. 

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Option 2: Form and seal trays with the MC-1000

Vacpack / Frimaq Cardboard Base
Vacpack / Frimaq Cardboard Base
Cardboard Bases in production
Cardboard Bases in production

The MC-1000 Tray Cutter / Former works as a stand-alone tray-making machine. However, as a linear automatic machine it can also provide the first stage of a larger packing and sealing system.

Stand-alone tray Maker:

This involves 3 easy steps:

  1. Trays are die cut from a roll of board.
  2. Board is pressed to make a formed tray.
  3. A light film is adhered to the board.

With the correct tooling, these trays can be used as individual bases on any tray-sealing machine.

First stage of an integrated linear system:

As part of a larger integrated linear system the MC-1000 allows producers to:

  1. Make the tray
  2. Place product in the tray.
  3. Film seal the top with either a top or a skin film.

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Option 3: Thermoformer, with cardboard base:

A major benefit of this system is that it creates an atmosphere-controlled pack. As a result, it improves shelf life and eliminates any contamination and liquid spillage. 

The trays created are similar in shape to polystyrene trays currently used in New Zealand supermarkets. This familiar look and feel builds on existing consumer good-will with the added incentive of purchasing a product with eco-friendly food packaging.  

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